Jays complete Big East season with title

 

The Creighton men’s soccer team shutout the Providence Friars 3-0 on Friday night to secure its first Big East regular-season championship in program history.

The title was also Creighton’s second overall. The other championship was claimed by the baseball team last spring.

With the crown, the Jays earned the No. 1 seed in the Big East Men’s Soccer Championship. They also clinched a bye into the semifinals.

Creighton opened Big East play with a 1-0 win at Villanova on Sept. 27.

The Bluejays added three one-goal victories to their name during a week and a half time period before a 1-1 draw against Xavier.

The Jays were on the losing end of a 1-0 match against Georgetown on Oct. 25 at Morrison Stadium, but finished with three victories to end the regular season.

Fabian Herbers, Timo Pitter, Ricardo Perez and Lucas Stauffer each tallied three goals during conference play to lead Creighton.

Pitter led the Jays with 37 shots in nine games. Overall, Creighton maintained a theme of offense dominance throughout the season, holding a substantial advantage in shots. During the conference schedule, the Jays out-shot Big East foes 136-64. Much of the team’s offensive success was because of its pressing style of offense. The Jays did a good job of making opponents play their style for the full 90 minutes of action.

Creighton travels to Chester, Pa. this week to square-off against Providence or Villanova on Friday evening in the semifinals of the Big East Championships.

Last season, the Jays were defeated in the quarterfinals of the Big East Championships by Providence, but still earned a spot as an at-large in the NCAA tournament.

Creighton is two wins away from the school’s first Big East Tournament Championship and an automatic birth in the 2014 NCAA Tournament.

 

 

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Creighton men’s soccer holds an impressive advantage in shot attempts

Billy statueThrough 10 games, the Creighton men’s soccer team has 97 more shot attempts than its opponents. The Jays’ offensive dominance has resulted in eight wins, one loss and one draw.

The Bluejays lead the Big East conference in shots per game and goals scored.

The Jays have 161 shot attempts (16.1/game) and 17 goals.

They have held the competition to only 64 attempts (6.4/game) and allowed only five goals.

Germans Fabian Herbers and Timo Pitter share the team lead in shots with 31 a piece. Herbers also leads the Jays in goals with five, and Pitter has four assists for tops on the team.

All 16 Bluejays that have appeared on the pitch have recorded at least one shot. Seven different players have more than 10.

Much of the team’s success has been as a result of their aggressive style of play. Early offensive attacks have forced opponents to play the Jays’ style.

The Jays are also the lone Big East squad with a perfect conference record after the first two weekends of play.

Creighton was on a similar tear a season ago with 162 shots and 17 goals in its first 10 matches and were 6-2-2. However, the Jays slumped to the finish line with a 3-7 record and an early exit in the quarterfinals of Big East tournament play and in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

The Jays’ plan to reverse the storyline this season will be focused on playing coach Elmar Bolowich’s style of pressing. So far the stats prove they have done an impressive job of playing his style, but as they continue through conference play it will be interesting to see if they can maintain their dominance.